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tonight, several developing stories as we come on. the president's son in law -- jared kushner. breaking his silence on capitol hill facing questions about his meetings with the russian ambassador, with the russian lawyer, with the russian banker. >> will you be back on the hill? >> and walking up to the mic outside the west wing. the driver charged tonight. we have new reporting. the horror inside the rig. about 100 people discovered in the back of a truck taking turns breathing through a hole in the trailer. the stunning video just released. the ambush. the army green berets coming under fire. the last stand. this evening, witnessing the fire fight with isis and what our team discovers when isis was using to get by. and the crash.
the young woman live streaming by driving. she loses control. the crash control asking why did she keep going with her live stream as her sister was dying? good evening, and it's great to have you with us here on a monday night, and we begin tonight with president trump's son-in-law, jared curb mer. he is going to answer questions up on capitol hill. a closed door with staffers and senate intelligence committee. kushner says he did not collude with the russians and none of his meetings were improver, including the meeting with that russian lawyer. he said he had no idea what the meeting was about at the time, even though the subject line in the e-mail was russia-clinton-private and confidential. he approached the mic outside the west wing, and abc's chief white house correspondent, jonathan karl leads us off. >> reporter: the president's son-in-law was all smiles as he arrived on capitol hill --
>> any collusion with russia? >> reporter: the behind-the-scenes power player now front-and-center in the russia investigation. >> do you regret that meeting at trump tower? were your contacts with the russians a mistake? >> reporter: jared kushner is the first trump family member and highest ranking white house official to be questioned by by congressional investigators. the 2 1/2-hour session was behind closed doors, but kushner released an 11-page statement he said fully accounted for his russia contacts during the campaign and the transition. his conversations with the russian ambassador, the russian banker and that trump tower meeting with the russian lawyer arranged by don junior, who in an e-mail chain was told she was a russian government attorney who had dirt on hillary clinton. part of russia and its government's support for mr. trump. don junior forwarded the e-mail chain to kushner with the subject line, russia-clinton-private and confidential. but kushner says he only read the part of the e-mail directed to him, listing just at the time
of the meeting. kushner called the sitdown itself a waste of our time. saying that a few minutes into it, he e-mailed his assistant, can you please call me on my cell? need excuse to get out of meeting. he was smiling as he left the capitol. >> how did the testimony go? are you confident? >> very well. >> it went well? >> did you answer all the questions, sir? >> reporter: the private kushner made a rare appearance before the cameras. >> my name is jared kushner. >> reporter: he said all his actions were proper. >> let me be very clear. did not collude with russia, nor do i know of anyone else in the campaign who did so. i had no improper contacts. i have not relied on russian funds for my businesses. >> reporter: he also insisted whatever happened with russia, it had nothing to do with with his father-in-law's victory. >> he ran a smarter campaign and
that is why he won. suggesting otherwise ridicules those who voted for him. >> reporter: the new white house communications director predicted that this will be the last time kushner talks about the russians. but democrats say they want him back on capitol hill to testify in public. we asked him about that. >> thank you. >> are you willing to testify in public and under oath? >> kushner heading back into the west wing, and jon karl live at the white house. president trump growing increasingly frustrated by the russia investigation saying that republicans aren't doing enough to protect the president, and tweeting about his attorney gem, and we learned he was at the white house today? >> reporter: he was here, and this is a weekly lunch he has with the white house counsel, and he met with other officials, but he did not meet with the president here today, and while that meeting was routine, the relationship between the two men is anything but routine, in fact, i recently reached out to
the communications director, and he said the president is disappointed and that the two men need to speak and determine what the future of their relationship looks like, and as for that tweet this morning, the president tweeted, so why aren't the committees and investigators and of course, our beleaguered a.g. looking into crooked hillary's crimes and allegations? that is the 39th time the president has tweeted about hillary clinton since the election, an election by the way that he won. >> jon karl leading us off at the white house. jon, thank you. we move ton tonight, and we have new reporting after the horror that was discovered inside a truck in san antonio. the death toll rising to ten now. it's believed about 100 people were crammed in the back of a sweltering tractor trailer. the truck driver in federal court today, and what he told the judge. and survivors now describing taking turns breathing through the one hole they found in the back of the rig. abc's kenneth moton in san antonio.
>> reporter: tonight, james bradley, the man behind the wheel of that sweltering death trap that killed ten people. he could face the death penalty. as he entered court in shackles, prosecutors revealing new details of the horrors inside this tractor trailer. >> they are in the hospital many of them in grave condition. >> reporter: 9:00 p.m. saturday, undocumented immigrants, many of them mexicans tell investigators they were jammed into the big rig in laredo texas. nearly 100 people in triple digit heat. inside pitch black, no food or water for 12 hours without moving. 9:00 p.m., victims say the trailer starting the journey. the cooling system inside, broken. within an hour, some passing out, people banging on the trailer walls, claiming the driver never stopped. in sheer desperation for air, passengers taking turns breathing from the only hole in the trailer. to not have access to proper air ventilation is just incredibly cruel. >> reporter: three hours later,
the truck arriving in san antonio. police say surveillance video showing people pouring out. some fleeing. 12:23, police arrive to the gruesome scene. eight dead bodies in the truck. >> they were very hot to the touch. >> reporter: this tragedy eerily similar to the deadliest smuggle case in u.s. history. 19 dieing in victoria, texas. tonight, dozens recovering. some suffering traumatic brain injuries from heatstroke and severe dehydration. two more dying in the hospital. >> and kenneth joins us from san antonio, and prosecutors saying the man charged in this smuggling cased admits he was driving the truck, but says he didn't know there were 100 people in his trailer? >> reporter: that's right, david. even though the immigrants say they were banging on the walls for hours, the driver claims he was unaware of the human cargo, and was spriurprise when had he opened the doors in this parking lot. he is expected in court later
this wook. >> thank you. we are seeing the dead by ambush involving army green berets coming under fire in jordan. a jordanian soldier shooting at them trying to tell them they were not a threat. >> reporter: those faint puffs of smoke you see, the gunfire. two u.s. green beret military trainers take cover behind those concrete barriers and return fire at the air base in jordan. later, they try to signal they are not a threat, waving their hands, but it doesn't work. the soldiers run behind the barriers further away. then a chilling moment. the assailant, a jordanian soldier enters the frame, armed with an m-16 rifle. he makes his way to the second vehicle and then moments later, he rushes the barriers where the soldiers have taken cover. there is gunfire at close range. the two american soldiers are
dead. they are in that front truck. a third is fatally wounded in the final shootout at those barriers. this incident happened last november, but the video is just being released today. the assailant, that jordanian soldier, has been sentenced to life in prison with hard labor, david. >> pierre, thank you. back here at home tonight, the deadly car crash on a california highway. police investigating a young woman livestreaming while driving. the car then careening off the road. authorities asking why she kept livestreaming while her sister was dying. here's abc's national correspondent, matt gutman. . >> reporter: in another video, just missing that black suv, and with the music blaring beside her, police say that young woman next to her is her 14-year-old sister. crying out, she is going to kill me. as the 18-year-old sanchez began
drifting off route 165, and then overkrektded. the car tumbled, and the girls inside screaming. the buick smashing through a barbed wire fence, into this field, ejecting jacqueline just a day shy of her 15th birthday, and now causing this video to go viral, she picks up where she left off. livestreaming. >> all right? this is the last thing i wanted to happen, okay? >> reporter: police say she was under the influence and both of her passengers, unbuckled. sanchez continues. >> baby. wake up baby. >> reporter: she has been charged with gross vehicular manslaughter while intoxicated. that carries a ten-year sentence, but she'll be sensed to a lifetime of guilt. >> thank you, matt.
back here and to the pentagon confirming a close call between a u.s. navy plane and two chinese fighter jets. military officials say the reconnaissance plane was intercepted by the fighters while on a routine mission over the east china sea. the jets pulling up ends beneath, and in front of the navy plane, forcing the crew to take evasive action to prevent collision. on the front lines in syria, witnessing a last stand for isis in raqqah, and tonight you will see right here what our team discovered, what isis was using to keep going in their fight. abc's ian pannell from syria. >> let's go. >> reporter: tonight, on the run in raqqah. if you want to get to the front line here, there's just one way. run and zigzag to avoid isis snipers. we're moving forward. progress is slow and dangerous. we move to the old city where the war against isis rages.
some 3,000 militants trying to hang onto raqqah, their de facto capital and last major stronghold. they have u.s. forces taking fire, and you hear the crackle of gunfire every few minutes. and here right on the front line, a volunteer from california who has come here on his own as a sniper. >> this isn't a mission of vengean vengeance. that's a did urrty word, but ths more like justice, you know? >> reporter: and he has bullets to prove it. engraved in terrorist attacks in america and europe. >> you know. what chance did they have, you know? none. so justice for them. >> reporter: he takes us to a makeshift mosque set up by isis. this is the flag of isis here. here we found evidence of drug abuse. you can see the needle there.
a sign of the pressure the militants now face and how fiercely they fight. in the battle some now call the last stand of isis. for the going is slow, the battle could last for months, and the kind of attacks the american sniper says he is here to stop may never end. >> thank you all. with we turn to the health care showdown. it's coming tomorrow. millions of americans orveg, concerned about the future of their coverage. president trump putting republicans on notice tonight on the eve of the latest attempt to repeal and replace obamacare. the president making a last-ditch appeal targeting his own party. >> so far senate republicans have not done their job in ending the obamacare nightmare. any senator who votes against starting debate is telling america that you are fine with the obamacare nightmare. >> senate majority leader, mitch mcconnell tonight, trying to sway republican holdouts hoping to have enough votes to move forward. many senators tonight admitting
they are unsure which health care version they are about to vote on. next this evening, the parents of baby charlie at the center of an international tug of war. they are now signaling the emotional end to their legal battle. it comes after a visit to the american doctor. abc's james longman once again from london. >> reporter: through his grief, charlie's father adamant that treatment could have worked. >> our son is an absolute war yo your, and we'll miss him terribly. >> reporter: the experimental treatment offered by an american doctor could have worked. >> had charlie been given the treatment sooner, he would have had the potential to be a normal little boy. >> reporter: but the hospital says his genetic condition was always terminal. [ chanting ] supporters outside court crushed.
they have been out here every day chanting their support for the family, but when news started to spread out here, the mood changed. the fight to keep charlie alive dragging on since march, sympathy swelled around the world, including from the pope and donald trump. the judge said dark days lay ahead for charlie's parents who will now let their son go just short of his first birthday, david. >> james, our thanks to you again tonight. in the meantime, there is much more ahead on "world news tonight" this monday. the breaking headline from court. the case making national headlin headlin headlines. we have new reporting. also an american interstate shut down. the s.w.a.t. team called in. the midair scare. a flight over this country, a passenger plane turning around after a woman allegedly makes a run at the cockpit. and 20 years later, millions across the pond in the uk tonight are watching a special. prince william and prince harry opening up about their mother and that last conversation with her. we'll be right back.
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story is unbelievable. cell phone video of an 18-year-old girl after a horrific accident that she live streamed on instagram. the accident that killed her little sister. good afternoon. thanks for joining us. i'm larry beal. >> i'm ama daetz. it happened friday. the teen live streamed her drive in that fatal accident on instagram. sanchez from stockton was arrested on suspicion of dui and vehicular manslaughter. caroline tyler joins us from the newsroom with the details. >> this is a double tragedy for this stockton family. one daughter is dead tonight, the other being held in the jail, charged in connection with the death. you might find this video leading up to the crash and the aftermath disturbing. 18-year-old sanchez is seen here driving, holding a phone in her hand, singing and live streaming
on instagram. this just moments leading up to friday's deadly crash near stockton. two 14-year-old girls in the back, including her sister jacqueline were not wearing seat belts. the chp said not only was sanchez on instagram, she was under the influence when she rolled her buick into a barbed wire fence, then into a field. her sister died. the other girl was badly injured. the disturbing video continues with sanchez standing over her sister's body. >> jacqueline! please wake up! >> the family has confirmed its authenticity. >> i [ bleep ] killed my sister, i understand i'm going to jail for that. i understand that. this is the last thing i wanted to happen, okay? all right?